Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew
This is the mother church of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is also the seat of the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. The church is famous for being where the first bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, Samuel Seabury was ordained in 1784.
The building was designed in the Perpendicular Gothic style by Archibald Simpson and opened in 1817 as St. Andrew’s Chapel and was raised to cathedral status in 1914. There was to have been a replacement cathedral built in the 1930s as a gift from the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, but the Wall Street Crash put a stop to that. Instead, the present building was enlarged and embellished by Sir Ninian Comper.
As of September, 2020 St Andrew’s is temporarily closed pending a decision on it’s future restoration. Due to this, it is no longer the Cathedral of the Diocese. This distinction has been transferred to St Mary’s Carden Place.